New England's most densely populated city, a mostly working-class northern suburb of Boston. Home to the first flag of the United American colonies, raised on Prospect Hill in 1776. (From the City of Somerville official site
Somerville has a vibrant Arts community, backed by the active Somerville Arts Council, including writers and visual artists. Davis Square has achieved a bohemian reputation rivaling Harvard Square in Cambridge
. Union Square houses SCAT, Somerville Community Access Television
, a local channel showcasing several independent efforts.
Sites about Somerville, Massachusetts businesses in general, and those businesses that do not fall into the other Somerville categories: Government
Somerville has a variety of businesses, with a large service sector, with famous restaurants, bars, and small shops. Cheaper real estate, but reasonable proximity to the centers of Boston and Cambridge has also attracted many of the smaller new high-tech businesses. Somerville was one of the first cities in the country to offer cable competition.
Somerville has eleven public grade schools, one on the Massachusetts charter school program, five private Catholic parochial schools, and one large public high school, Somerville High. Education quality is often considered to be slightly below average for the state. Somerville has no college or graduate schools of its own, but does share part of the Tufts university campus with Medford. Neighboring Boston
have many universities, including Harvard and MIT, considered among the best in the world, and Somerville houses many of their students who cannot afford those cities' higher rents.
Links about government in the city of Somerville, Massachusetts. Somerville, like much of Massachusetts, has a tradition of government by members of the Democratic party. Michael Capuano, a popular mayor, has gone on to US Representative from the state. As nearby Boston and Cambridge grow, development spreads to Somerville, and much of the role of city government is seen as balancing that development with preserving affordable and working class neighborhoods.
Doctors, hospitals, and other sites connected with physical and mental health in Somerville.
This category covers Recreation and Sports in the city of Somerville. The category includes both organized sports, such as baseball and soccer, and individual sports, such as martial arts. It also covers activities such as boating, birding, and scouting.
Sites about local Somerville, Massachusetts society and culture.
Somerville society is a mixture of blue-collar working class families with more affluent families and technology workers from the expansion of Boston and Cambridge. There is a large and diverse immigrant community, including many Haitians and Indians, while the older families tend to Irish and Italian origins. Religion is varied, but more heavily Catholic than many communities in the state. Politics tend to be conservative Democratic, becoming more socially liberal with the Cambridge influx.